New International Students

Get Prepared: A Guide for International Undergraduate Students Before You Arrive

Get Prepared: A Guide for International Graduate Students Before You Arrive.

These handbooks includes a lot of important information, including checklists for your depature.

  • Fall Admission: In June we will send you an email to welcome you to the University. This email will highlight some important programs within our office that you should be aware of, tips on how to get prepared for coming to Canada, how to connect with other students, and a Pre-Arrival Handbook.
  • Winter Admission: The information noted above will be sent to you in December.

Email Communication

Check your University of Guelph email address ( regularly. After the initial welcome email, all communication from our office will be sent to your university email address. It is important to check this often to avoid missing out on important information and engagement opportunities at the university.

We encourage you to get in touch with us by emailing us at after you have accepted your offer of admission and as you prepare to come to Guelph. We want to get to know you and make the process as seamless as it can be. Email us, even if it is just to introduce yourself.

Exchange Students

If you are an exchange student, you will receive all your information from Education Abroad Advisors at the Centre for International Programs. Please contact the Centre for International Programs if you have any questions (

As an international student, you are not only coming to a new learning institution but an entirely new country. This means there is more to think about in terms of your transition to life at the University. The University of Guelph provides orientation specifically for international students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

START International

START International is a free orientation program for new international students, new permanent residents to Canada, new exchange students and out-of-country Canadians. The program will introduce you to the campus environment, the resources available to aid in your social and academic transition, and what you can expect from your University of Guelph experience. Attendance is highly recommended as the sessions will cover useful information on topics such as cultural adjustment, the Canadian university academic system, dressing for the seasons, health insurance and other support services that can help students make successful transitions.

Fall Semesters: The program is held in late August/early September (the week before classes begin for the fall semester, or the Wednesday before the weekend of Move-In Day). 

Winter Semesters: START International normally takes place the Sunday before the first day of classes.

For further information go to GryphLife - International Student Connections.

Graduate Student Orientation

This event provides the opportunity for all new graduate students to learn more about what it means to be a graduate student, receive tips on how to succeed in graduate school, become aware of services available on campus and meet other students. Orientation is typically held in the first week of the semester in which you begin your studies.

Make sure you stay tuned to your email, the Graduate Studies website and the Graduate Studies Facebook page for more details. Look out for information about this from your Graduate Program Assistant. Contact Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies for more information.

East townhouse residence at the University of Guelph.

Several options are available for international students to live both on and off-campus. A residence room is guaranteed for first-year students who apply by the June 1st, 2021 deadline. It is the international student's responsibility to secure accommodation before they arrive.

All arriving international students are required to register with the University of Guelph's Mandatory Quarantine Program. As part of the Mandatory Quarantine Program, the University of Guelph provides an airport shuttle at no cost to the arriving international student.

Deadlines in Canada are strict and it is important that you do not miss any of them. Below is a list of some of the important dates and major deadlines to be aware of as an undergraduate/graduate student. Remember to check your University of Guelph email address to stay connected and informed about upcoming deadlines!

If you are Native American or Indigenous and possess a tribal enrollment, registration or status card, you are eligible to pay domestic tuition. The University of Guelph honors the Jay Treaty of 1794. Please contact the Indigenous Resource Centre ( or visit the Indigenous Student Centre for more information.